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Atlanta Specialty Window Treatment Guide

Each Atlanta home is unique, every one with its own aesthetic and its own needs. Similarly, each of the windows in your Atlanta home are unique too. Their size, shape, the direction they face and more will vary and affect which window treatment that complements them best.

But more than any other factor, the style of window is usually the most important for choosing your ideal window treatment. Here are our team’s picks for window treatments to match the unique window types found in Atlanta homes.

Window Treatments for Sidelight Windows

Front door with sidelights

Sidelights are the tall, thin windows typically found on either side of the front door in several homes. Picking a great window treatment for sidelight windows is distinctly important for a couple of reasons. First, sidelights are a focal point of your house, since most visitors’ eyes are naturally drawn to the front door of the house. Second, people–from the postman to guests to door-to-door salesmen–will see the sidelight windows up close, which means that a great window covering that much more important to ensure you keep your privacy.

The Sunburst recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home elegant looks and top-notch privacy, but they’re also easily custom-built for long, thin sidelight windows.

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French Door Window Treatments

French doors with plantation shutters

French doors are a common sight opening up to decks or patios. French doors are hinged double doors, usually with big glass panes, so Atlanta homeowners have a great opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and close a lot, so they would do best with a durable window treatment that still lets you control how much light you let into your home.

The Sunburst recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Since they can be installed directly onto the window and are extremely durable, shutters are the perfect partner for French doors. Their timeless style and energy-efficiency are extra perks for your French door.

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Octagon Window Treatments

Octagon window in a Atlanta bathroom 

Octagon-shaped windows are some of the most interesting and attention-grabbing windows we see in Atlanta homes. With their special shape, homeowners would be remiss to obscure them with a standard shaped window treatment like curtains or blinds. Rather, pick a window treatment that can be custom-built to the window’s unique shape so you’re always able to reap the benefits of your octagonal window.

The Sunburst recommendation for octagonal window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit snugly in an octagonal window frame, preserving its unique shape and style. Likewise, window film applies directly to the window glass, keeping the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.

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Wide Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on wide windows
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows with a width greater than 4‘. That encompasses full wall windows that stretch beyond what normal window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, Atlanta homeowners should think about how well a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block the energy flow and light that wide windows typically allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should operate without any hassle, as there’s a lot of room that they have to cover.

The Sunburst recommendation for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades operate easily, and their muted look works well with especially wide windows. Panel tracks are a type of shade with large panels of fabric that slide across a track making them perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters add a little more energy efficiency and privacy compared to shades, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters might be your perfect solution.

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Rake & Angled Window Treatments

Angled window with plantation shutters

Angled windows (sometimes called “rake” windows) are appearing a lot more in modern home design. A problem with angled window treatments, like with octagonal windows, is getting one that matches your unique window geometry. Bear in mind as well that several angled windows are in harder-to-reach places, like where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that you don’t need to operate often is often best for angled windows.

The Sunburst recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being 100% customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your rake windows, but the shutter louvers can often be set at a single, preferred angle without ever needing to be readjusted - great for windows that are hard to reach.

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Sliding Glass Door Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

Similar to french doors, the window treatment you get for a sliding glass door needs to allow you to open and shut the door easily and without obstruction. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment should be sturdy and able to handle all the action a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient window types, since they not only let heat pass through the pane but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can decrease heat transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.

The Sunburst recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Both of these window treatments make opening a shutting a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer an array of styles and textures to pick from, freeing up your options and giving you a bigger palette to work with. Plantation shutters can be built in different configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy-efficient than any other window treatment.

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Window Treatments for Bay Windows

Plantation shutters on bay windows

Bay windows can’t be missed. The long panes, concave layout, and ample view you get from bay windows are distinct from other windows, so they require some special consideration when choosing a window treatment. Atlanta homeowners should consider window treatments that complement a bay window’s attention-grabbing shape, protect your privacy, and look beautiful in your family room or living room. Luckily, there are a few window treatments that meet all these requirements.

The Sunburst recommendation for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or shutters. Both roman and cellular shades work great with bay windows because each shade can cover a single pane, offering a lot of flexibility in how much window area you need covered. Likewise, plantation shutters are installed on each individual pane on bay windows, but can still give you even more flexibility in window coverage with adjustable louvers.

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Tall & High Ceiling Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on tall windows

Regardless of their shape or style, windows that are close to your ceiling can be difficult to treat. Typically, the tops of the windows are outside normal reach, and breaking out a stepladder every day can be a hassle. That means that homeowners in Atlanta with high ceiling windows might want to opt for a window treatment that you can either keep in a fixed position, or open and shut from far away. It would be even better if that window treatment was also able to effectively block light from pouring through.

The Sunburst recommendation for tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can open and close with the easy flip of a switch, without any hassle. Alternatively, with plantation shutters most homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single perfect position, and seldom, if ever reposition the louvers. Both window treatments solve the biggest problem of tall windows!

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Window Treatments for Eyebrow Windows

Eyebrow window with custom shutters
Eyebrow windows are the semi-arched windows that are often located above other, usually rectangular windows. Because of their location and individual shape, eyebrow windows come with issues that no other windows do when it comes to choosing the perfect window treatment.

The Sunburst recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when put on eyebrow windows. Drapes, blinds, and shades hide the interesting shape and a lengthy window treatment might cover the separation between the eyebrow window and the square window beneath it. Because shutters are custom-manufactured to seamlessly fit in the frame of your window, they’re easily the best option for this window type. 

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Casement Window Treatments

Casement windows with planation shutters
Casement windows aren’t like the majority of windows. Casement windows have a hinge on a side, and open and close by swinging on that hinge, sometimes by a lever or crank. Because of this unique operating mechanism, casement windows should have an unobtrusive window treatment that can still look great and protect your privacy. So what’s the best window treatment for casement windows in Atlanta?

The Sunburst recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be custom-built to make room for the crank or lever–which will allow you to open and close your window without any troubled. Both cellular and Roman shades will also work well on casement windows, although you might have to pull aside the shade when you want to open and close the window.

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Get More Atlanta Window Treatment Picks

There’s more to consider than just the type of window when shopping for window treatments in Atlanta. Take a peek at our recommendations for window treatments for each room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person recommendations by setting up an in-home design consultation by calling 404-962-8517 today.